Windows 2000 do not load completely

Compaq deskpro pc 2000
June 30, 2010 at 07:00:56
Specs: Windows 2000 professional Service Pack 4, Pentium II / 256 RAM
I have a Compaq Deskpro PD 2000 with a Pentium II processor with 256 RAM. I have installed windows 2000 professional service pack 4 on it, but when I turn it on it does not load windows 2000 completely, It just show the first screen with the windows 2000 logo and the bar showing windows is starting to load but after the bar reaches the end, then it turns to a black screen with a _ blinking simbol at the top left corner of the screen but it does not do anything else. Do you have any idea why this is happening or why it does not load windows 2000 completely?

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July 3, 2010 at 23:12:13
"Usually" hanging during booot up is a hardware/driver problem...

Did it ever work?

Less likely - it "may" also be a RAM issue...

If you have two or more sticks installed - reduce to a single (ideally min of 129Meg...) and see if it runs OK; trying each stick in turn. And if possible borrow or otherwise a known good stick to test out installation?

If you opt to boot into safe-mode what happens?

Also if you remove non-essential add-in cards (ethernet cards etc...) what happens in both safe and normal modes?

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July 5, 2010 at 07:04:24
Well my friend, thanks for the tip but it still do the same. As I mentioned previously, it had windows 2000 professional and it was working but the hard drive got damaged and it was necessary to replace it by a new one and re-install windows 2000 professional. Actually, after installing the new hard drive, windows 2000 and turned on the computer, it just got frozen after the first screen with the windows 2000 logo and the bar showing windows is starting to load reached the end. It even doesn't allow me to start in safe mode. I'll try once more without the ethernet card in order to see what happens, just one question... when you refer to two or more sticks installed... what are you referring to? RAM memory?

Thanks in advance,

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July 5, 2010 at 10:02:56
Yes RAM can be installed with one, two (or more depending on motherboard) sticks...

How large the hard-drive; and what type EIDE or SATA?

Did you slipstream sp4 into the W2K CD and then install the OS (+sp4) or try install W2K with sp1 and then add sp4 in later?

You might even try a repair installation - in effect install over the present version...?
If you were to reconfigure drive to have a Primary partition less than 127Meg will W2K then install/load and run OK? If so then use balance of drive as Extended and use for data etc...

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July 12, 2010 at 13:50:09
In addition to the above, did you install motherboard chip set drivers?

Remove all unnecessary cards and peripheral hardware like printers, scanners, USB stuff.

To clarify the comments by trvlr concerning hard drive size, Windows 2000 prior to SP3 is not 48 bit LBA compliant. That means it can't properly configure a hard drive/ partition larger than 127GB. So if you are starting out with something less than SP3 integrated into the CD you need to either slipstream SP4 or partition the drive to something less than 127GB primary partition.

I have found than graphic cards can cause issues if Win2000 doesn't recognize the GPU on the card.

Your original post is not clear to me. Did Windows 2000 completely install and then hang on a reboot or did it fail to finish installing?

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